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Workshops

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers the following workshops for USNA faculty on Blackboard and other often used software packages. Please see the Spring, 2018 Workshop Schedule.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a series of innovative teaching sessions focusing on special topics of Blackboard. The Blackboard administrator from ITSD will also be present to answer any technical questions you may have.  Please see the Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule and sign up for these series.   

 


Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is the latest version of Blackboard which offers many new and improved features including drag and drop user interface, social learning tools (wikis, blogs, journals), SafeAssign anti-plagiarism tool, improved calendar, Blackboard Mobile, and a vastly improved Grade Center with flexible grading options and interactive rubrics. 

Introduction to Blackboard – Design your Blackboard Course & Upload Course Documents

This workshop provides an introduction to the course building tools in Blackboard Learn. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Become familiar with the new user interface of Blackboard Learn
  • Manage and customize course menu
  • Create and manage course content (files, folders, links, learning modules, lesson plans, and Mashups, such as YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, and Flickr photos.)

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Introduction to Blackboard –  Create Wikis, Journals, Blogs, Discussion Boards, and Virtual Classrooms

This workshop provides an introduction to the course communications tools in Blackboard Learn. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Communicate with students using discussion boards, virtual classrooms, chat rooms, emails, announcements, blogs, wikis, journals, etc.
  • Learn best practices of using these communications tools. 

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Introduction to Blackboard - Create Assignment Drop Boxes and Tests

This workshop provides an introduction to the course assessment tools in Blackboard Learn. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Create and manage assignments including SafeAssign assignments
  • Create and manage tests, surveys and pools
  • Create different types of quiz/survey questions

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Introduction to Blackboard - Set up the Grade Center

This workshop provides an introduction to the Grade Center in Blackboard Learn. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Customize the Grade Center
  • Understand and utilize interactive rubrics and different grading options: contextual grading, automatic grading, and inline assignment grading.
  • Use the Grade Center to manage student grades

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Introduction to Blackboard Learn - Store/Share Course Documents in Content System 

This workshop provides an introduction to Content System in Blackboard Learn. The Content System provides an online repository for content storage equivalent to a web-based virtual hard drive. It also provides a platform for users to share content with others. This is especially useful for course coordinators. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create and manage files and folders
  • Batch upload files, folders and zip files
  • Use versioning, tracking and commenting features
  • Modify file and folder permissions in order to share content
  • Create links from within a course to file/folders in the Content System

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Introduction to PowerPoint 2016

PowerPoint is a powerful tool for creating or enhancing presentation. This workshop is geared toward novice PowerPoint users. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create new PowerPoint presentations using different options
  • Work with different view options
  • Insert/Rearrange/Remove/hide slides
  • Insert/Edit text
  • Insert/Edit pictures
  • Insert/Edit diagrams and organization charts
  • Insert/Edit tables
  • Insert/Edit charts
  • Save and print presentations
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of PowerPoint 2016

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Microsoft PowerPoint: Advanced Features 

PowerPoint can be used to create simple text slides or rich multimedia presentations with animation, video, and sound. This workshop will focus on the many of its advanced features, such as animations. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Modify a color scheme
  • Change slide background
  • Create a slide master  
  • Add headers and footers
  • Insert objects
  • Add movie clips and sound files
  • Add animation schemes
  • Customize animations
  • Add slide transitions
  • Package a presentation
  • Publish a presentation

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PowerPoint Best Practices 

This workshop is for people that already use PowerPoint to teach and lecture but want to move beyond the usual techniques. Find out how to avoid "Death by PowerPoint" by creating an effective presentation and engaging students in the learning process, Prerequisites: familiar with basic PowerPoint Tools. In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • General rule of thumb while creating a presentation
  • How to incorporate graphics, animations, videos, and sound to engage students
  • How to use PowerPoint to increase interactivity
  • Best practice to help you give an effective presentation

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Create a Prezi Presentation from Scratch

This workshop provides an introduction to the Prezi presentation software. Prezi is a visual storytelling software alternative to traditional slide-based presentation formats. Prezi presentations feature a map-like, schematic overview that lets users pan between topics at will, zoom in on desired details, and pull back to reveal context. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create a Prezi account
  • Add/Edit content to a Prezi presentation
  • Save and publish the Prezi presentation

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Introduction to GMAIL

This workshop provides an introduction to Gmail. After this workshops, you should be able to: 

  • Compose and edit emails
  • Manage your emails by creating labels and filters
  • Import/export contacts
  • Activate and use the chat feature in Gmail
  • Manage Gmail settings

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Introduction to Google Drive

This workshop provides an introduction to Google Drive. After this workshops, you should be able to: 

  • Create/edit Google docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Forms
  • Upload/convert files to Google Drive
  • Share files with others via Google Drive
  • Manage files in Google Drive

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Introduction to Google Sites

This workshop provides an introduction to Google Sites. After this workshops, you should be able to:

  • Create/edit a Google site
  • Share the Google site with others 

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Introduction to Google Hangout

This workshop provides an introduction to Google Hangout. After this workshops, you should be able to: 

  • Create/manage a meeting using Google Hangout
  • Invite others to join a Google Hangout
  • Use video/audio/screen share features in Google Hangout
  • Edit settings in Google Hangout

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Introduction to Google Classroom

This workshop provides an introduction to Google Classroom. After this workshops, you should be able to: 

  • Create/join a class
  • Invite students to join a class
  • Create announcements, assignments and questions
  • Grade assignments

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Teaching with Wikis and Blogs 

A wiki is a Web site that allows a community of users to create and edit Web site content via a Web browser collaboratively. A blog is a Website with regular entries that are usually displayed reverse-chronologically. An entry can be a combination of text, audios, videos, graphics, hyperlinks, readers; comments, etc.

This workshop will introduce two educational technology tools that are adopted by more and more educators nowadays - wikis and blogs. In this workshop, we will learn how to create wikis and blogs and explore how to use these tools to facilitate collaborative learning. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create and maintain a blog
  • Create a wiki and edit wiki pages
  • Understand how to use wikis and blogs to facilitate collaborative learning

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Introduction to Adobe Acrobat 2017 

This workshop focuses on the basic features of Adobe Acrobat. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with Adobe Acrobat interface
  • Create PDF files
  • Edit PDF files
  • Markup PDF files
  • Insert hyperlinks
  • Insert movies and sounds
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of Acrobat 2017

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Creating Fillable PDF Forms with Adobe Acrobat  

This workshop provides instructions on how to create, edit and deploy fillable PDF forms with Adobe Acrobat. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create a fillable PDF form
  • Edit fillable PDF forms
  • Deploy fillable PDF forms

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop  

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful image/photo editing software. It allows you to create and edit digital images, and retouch photos. This workshop will introduce you to some basic tools of Photoshop. After this workshop, you should be able to:
  • Become familiar with the Photoshop interface
  • Understand different types of images and different file formats
  • Use basic tools to create and edit digital images

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Editing Digital Photos with Adobe Photoshop  

Adobe Photoshop allows you to create and edit high quality digital images/photos. This workshop is geared toward faculty members who are unfamiliar with Photoshop but want to start using it for image/photo editing. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Import images/photos into Photoshop from a scanner or digital camera, or download them from the Web
  • Become familiar with the Photoshop work area
  • Edit photos (crop and resize photos, adjust colors, contrast and brightness, retouching photos, add special effects, etc.)
  • Save images/photos for the Web and for print

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Introduction to Adobe InDesign  

Adobe Indesign is a powerful desktop publishing software to create and layout periodical publications, posters, and print media. This workshop provides an introduction to the basic features of Adobe Indesign. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the InDesign work area
  • Create and set up a document
  • Create/edit master pages
  • Insert text and graphics
  • Working with different tools
  • Printing and packaging files

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Using Technology to Improve Feedback to Student Writing Projects  

As an instructor, you often need to review student writing projects and provide feedback to them. Instead of printing out those writing projects and manually adding your feedback, you can easily use Microsoft Word to provide feedback to students electronically. Through this hands-on workshop, you will find out how a technology tool, such as Word, can make the process of providing feedback to student writing projects more efficient and less laborious. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Use reviewing tools to add comments and track changes
  • Use a tablet pen to add ink annotations to a document
  • Use color coding to indicate specific problems
  • Create different versions of a document
  • Understand file naming conventions
  • Choose different view and printing options
  • Participate in a review that has multiple reviewers

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Getting Familiar with Microsoft Word 2016  

This workshop will help you get used to the user interface and introduce new and enhanced features of Word 2016. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Get familiar with the interface of Microsoft Word 2016
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of Word 2016

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016 

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that can be used to store, organize and manipulate data. This on-demand workshop provides an introduction to Microsoft Excel. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the interface of Microsoft Excel
  • Enter, import and manage data in Excel
  • Use some basic features in Excel including formulas, calculations, graphing tools and pivot tables
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of Excel 2016

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Introduction to Microsoft Access 2016  

Microsoft Access is a database management software. This workshop provides an introduction to Microsoft Access. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the interface of Microsoft Access
  • Create and manage a database
  • Use some basic features of Microsoft Access including tables, queries, forms, and reports
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of Access 2016

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Introduction to Video Editing  

This one-on-one workshop will introduce you to some basic video editing techniques using Pinnacle Studio. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Import and edit video clips
  • Add menus, titles, credits and transitions
  • Add special effects
  • Export videos

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Introduction to Dreamweaver  

Adobe Dreamweaver is a Web design and development software. This workshop provides an introduction to the basics features of Adobe Dreamweaver. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the interface of Dreamweaver
  • Create/edit a Web site
  • Create/edit Web pages

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Getting Started with Microsoft Publisher 2016

Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing software. This workshop provides an introduction to the basics features of Microsoft Publisher. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the interface of Microsoft Publisher
  • Create/edit different kinds of publications, such as business cards, calendars, greeting cards, etc. 
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of Publisher

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Getting Stated with Pages for Mac

Pages is a word processor and a page payout software developed by Apple, Inc. It is part of the iWork suite and runs on the OS X and IOS operating systems. This workshop will get you started on using the basic features of Pages. After this workshop, you should be able to:  

  • Become familiar with the interface of Pages
  • Create/edit documents using Pages
  • Add/edit text, images and tables to documents

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Getting Started with Keynote for Mac

Keynote is a presentation software developed by Apple Inc. It is a part of the iWork productivity suite. This workshop will get you started on using the basic features of Keynote. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Become familiar with the interface of Keynote
  • Create/edit presentation using Keynote
  • Add/edit textboxes, images, tables, sounds, movies, animations, and transitions to your presentation

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Upload Course Documents

This session will cover the course building tools and best practices for uploading course documents. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Upload files, folders, links, learning modules, lesson plans, and Mashups, such as YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, and Flickr photos.
  • Batch upload files/folders via the Content System
  • Best practices to determine which method to use to upload course documents. 

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Grade Center

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Grade Center. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Adjust Grade Center settings
  • Create calculated columns
  • Adjust column availability and grading settings
  • Access/grade student assignment, test and survey submissions through the Grade Center
  • Download and upload grades.
  • Best practices on how to better use the Grade Center to manage student grades

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Content System 

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Content System. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create and manage files and folders
  • Batch upload files, folders and zip files
  • Link Content System files/folders to courses
  • Use versioning, tracking and commenting features
  • Modify file/folder permissions in order to share content
  • Best practices to share content via the Content System as a course coordinator

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Assignment Drop Boxes

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard assignment drop boxes. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create assignment drop boxes
  • Create assignment drop boxes with SafeAssign (Plagiarism checker)
  • View and grade student submissions
  • View SafeAssign reports
  • Best practices to determine when to use SafeAssign

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Test, Surveys and Pools

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Tests, Surveys and Pools. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create/edit tests, surveys and pools
  • Adjust availability and grading settings for tests and surveys
  • Create/edit different types of test/survey questions
  • Access tests and surveys, and grade test questions through the Grade Center.
  • Import tests and surveys, and question pools.
  • Best practices on using different types of questions for different instructional goals and objectives.

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create/edit Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Adjust availability and grading settings for Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Build creative content in Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Discuss the differences between Blogs, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Best practices to choose among Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards for different instructional goals and  objectives

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Working with Groups

This session will cover the settings and best practices for Blackboard groups. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create/edit groups
  • Add/remove groups users
  • Activate group communication tools
  • Create adaptive release rules based-on group memberships
  • View/edit grades of different groups
  • Best practices of using groups in Blackboard

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Import/Export/Copy Courses

This session will cover the settings and best practices for Import/Export/Copy courses. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Export and Archives courses
  • Import and restore courses
  • Copy courses
  • Download Grade Center to an excel spreadsheet
  • Best practices to choose between export/import and copy courses.

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